Nolan Potts, ‘Doah Staff Writer
March 19, 2014
The S.U. men’s lacrosse team won a total of five games a year ago. With a new coach coming in, some people- including the other ODAC coaches- might have thought that it would be another tough year for the lacrosse program. The predictions from the other coaches, along with a frustrating last couple of seasons, have served as motivation for the men.
Through their first seven games this year, the team has amassed four victories. Their early season success can be attributed to some fresh new faces in the program. Three of the four leading goal scorers throughout seven games were freshmen. Junior (and leading scorer from last year) Aaron Paul is third with 10 goals, but freshman Terrance Mulvey (fourth with seven goals), Drew Brooks (second with 11 goals) and Stephen LaTona (first with 21 goals) are carrying the team offensively. LaTona was named as the ODAC Player of the Week after the first week of the season and became the first-ever S.U. men’s lacrosse player to earn the award.
Another freshman, Ben Judy, has seen all of the actions as the goalie this season. Judy has only given up seven goals per game while the team is scoring almost 11 goals per contest. With the team only one win away from matching their win total from last season, head coach Tim Marshall and the rest of the men plan on continuing their winning ways and having their most successful season in a number of years.
On the women’s side, it’s a little bit of a different story. The expectations were definitely higher coming into this season for the women’s program compared to the men’s. The ladies made it to the ODAC championship game a year ago and were picked to finish fifth the in the conference by the coaches prior to the start of the season. The team got off to a slow start as they lost their first three games of the season to Mary Washington, Lebanon Valley and Dickinson. Since then, they have rattled off three straight victories getting their record back to .500.
Leading the way offensively are the two team captains, senior Samantha Sisson (19 goals) and junior Liz Bereit (14 goals). Senior Samantha Donaghy is third with 11 goals, and freshman Erin Higgins is fourth with nine goals. Sisson was named ODAC Player of the Week earlier in the year after she led the Hornets to wins over Frostburg State, Goucher and Marymount with 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points. For her career, the senior currently has 256 points on 185 goals and 71 assists, and she only needs four more assists for the all-time lead in school history.
Sisson isn’t the only senior on the squad to make history this season. In a Mar. 9 victory against Marymount, goalie Ashley Cross became Shenandoah’s all-time leader in saves. The previous all-time record was 448 saves, and Cross finished the contest with 449 for her career. She has 73 saves so far this season, and with 11 regular season games and the postseason remaining, she will continue to add to her newly set record. The ladies seem to be back on track after their slow start and plan to keep this winning streak going as long as they can with 10 of their final 11 games coming in conference play.